September 2023

How to Find an HPSO Insurance Attorney to Defend You in a Complaint Against Your Massage Therapy License

By |2024-03-14T09:59:19-04:00September 27, 2023|Mental Health Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
We often hear from clients with professional licensing complaints and Department of Health investigations who have insurance coverage with Healthcare Providers Service Organization  (HPSO) Insurance but could not find a lawyer who accepts it. They come to us after disciplinary action has been taken against their license to appeal or reverse it.
Our law firm and attorneys have represented individuals covered by HPSO Insurance for over 25 years. HPSO covers and pays for legal matters in various areas, such as administrative hearings, professional license complaints, investigations, depositions, HIPAA violations, and more.
Under these policies, the insurance company will […]

April 2019

Florida Gov. Pulls Large Number of Appointments Made by Predecessor, One from Board of Acupuncture

By |2024-03-14T10:00:16-04:00April 1, 2019|Massage Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On February 22, 2019, Florida’s new Governor, Rick DeSantis retracted 169 appointments that the former governor made before leaving office. One of these was to the Florida Board of Acupuncture. This is not the first time he has called back last-minute decisions made by his predecessor. In January 2019, he retracted 46 of Scott’s “lame duck appointments.”

The new governor has now pulled a total of 215 of Scott’s prior appointments to various boards and committees.

Here’s a List of the Appointments Made by Scott That Governor DeSantis Pulled for the Professional Boards Under the Department of Health […]

May 2018

Massage Therapist Sued for $25 Million After Alleged Sexual Assault

By |2024-03-14T10:01:48-04:00May 15, 2018|Massage Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A woman who claims she was assaulted at a Massage Envy location in the Northwest section of the District of Columbia (D.C.) filed a $25 million lawsuit against the company and the massage therapist who she said attacked her. The alleged victim, who is not identified in the suit, said the franchise owners never should have hired the alleged attacker, and that they knew he previously had been accused of assaulting women.

The Allegations.

According to the suit, the defendant removed a sheet that was covering the woman and made inappropriate oral sexual contact toward the end of […]

Florida Woman Sues After Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted at Massage Envy

By |2024-03-14T10:01:15-04:00May 15, 2018|Massage Law Blog|

George Indest HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On December 7, 2017, a woman who accused a Coral Gables Massage Envy masseur of sexual assault filed a civil lawsuit in Miami-Dade circuit court against that franchise’s owner. The suit charges that First World Financial Corp.’s negligence in hiring and business practices cleared the way for the alleged sexual assault by the male licensed massage therapist.

According to the suit, she is seeking compensation for “injury and expense, including but not limited to, psychological and emotional injuries, mental anguish, and the loss of the enjoyment of life.”

I recently wrote a blog about a similar […]

Massage Therapist Sued for $25 Million After Alleged Sexual Assault

By |2024-03-14T10:01:33-04:00May 15, 2018|Health Facilities Law Blog|

Headshot of attorney George IndestBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A woman who claims she was assaulted at a Massage Envy location in the Northwest section of the District of Columbia (D.C.) filed a $25 million lawsuit against the company and the massage therapist who she said attacked her. The alleged victim, who is not identified in the suit, said the franchise owners never should have hired the alleged attacker, and that they knew he previously had been accused of assaulting women.

The Allegations.

According to the suit, the defendant removed a sheet that was covering the woman and made inappropriate oral sexual contact […]

Florida Woman Sues After Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted at Massage Envy

By |2024-03-14T10:01:33-04:00May 15, 2018|Health Facilities Law Blog|

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On December 7, 2017, a woman who accused a Coral Gables Massage Envy masseur of sexual assault filed a civil lawsuit in Miami-Dade circuit court against that franchise’s owner. The suit charges that First World Financial Corp.’s negligence in hiring and business practices cleared the way for the alleged sexual assault by the male licensed massage therapist.

According to the suit, she is seeking compensation for “injury and expense, including but not limited to, psychological and emotional injuries, mental anguish, and the loss of the enjoyment of life.”

I recently wrote a blog about a similar case that […]

Finding an Attorney/Lawyer Who Takes Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) Insurance for Massage Therapists

By |2024-03-14T10:01:47-04:00May 15, 2018|Massage Law Blog|

PS 3 Indest-2009-2By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

We often hear from callers and clients in professional licensing complaints, Department of Health investigations and Board of Massage Therapy, that they had good insurance coverage with Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) Insurance, but could not find an attorney that would accept it. Often these professionals retain us after action has been taken to appeal or attempt to reverse an adverse disciplinary action taken against their license.

This should not be a difficult task. Our firm and its attorneys have accepted HPSO Insurance for over 25 years.

Our firm has attorneys that are licensed in […]

Finding an Attorney/Lawyer Who Takes CPH & Associates (CPH&A) Insurance To Represent Massage Therapists in Complaint Investigations

By |2024-03-14T10:01:47-04:00May 15, 2018|Massage Law Blog|

Attorney George F. Indest III HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

We often hear from massage therapists who call and retain us to represent them in complaints against their masage therapy licenses in professional licensing complaints. This includes letters from the Department of Health (DOH) advising them that they are being investigated, Administrative Complaints, emergency restriction orders (EROs), and emergency suspension orders (ESOs).

In many cases they had good insurance coverage with CPH & Associates (CPH&A) Insurance, but could not find an attorney that would accept it. Often these nurses retain us after adverse disciplinary action […]

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